CONSTRUCTION bodies have rubbished claims by the Chartered Institute of Building that the industry cannot cope with the Government's planned £2.2 billion Building Schools for the Future programme.
CIoB deputy chief executive Michael Brown sparked the row by claiming last week: 'There are serious concerns about the capacity of the industry to meet the workload generated by this initiative.'
Mr Brown said a shrinking workforce and fewer recruits meant smaller builders ran the risk of losing future public sector work if they failed to get involved.
But the Construction Products Association said: 'There is absolutely no substance to the CIoB's claim as far as manufacturers are concerned.
'In fact, the association and its members are working closely with Partnership for Schools to ensure delivery of this challenging programme.'
And Construction Confederation chief executive Stephen Ratcliffe said: 'Their suggestion is seriously misguided.There is no evidence that our industry has failed to deliver a project or programme of projects because of capacity issues.'